Man in Near Miss with Lightning whilst Filming Storm

Photography can be a dangerous business. Whether its sprinting from a charging bear, being dived upon by an eagle or staring lens first into a ruthless tornado, the risks in getting that perfect shot are seemingly endless. But for Norwegian Daniel Modøl, he didn’t even have to leave the house.

In this short video, Modøl is filming streaks of purple lightning battering the hills behind his home in Gjerstad, Aust-Agder. As the bolts creep uneasily closer, a loud explosion can then be heard accompanied by a rush of rock and dirt flinging through the air. Although the strike occurs off camera, the view quickly spins to see the destruction left in its wake, before Modøl and another quickly head indoors to safety.

Norwegian news TV 2 report that upon entering his home there were burns around an electrical outlet and his kitchen ceiling fan was turned off. So if you ever set out to photograph an electrical storm, make sure to put safety before the shot, as you may not be as lucky as Daniel!


Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.